Category Archives: New Music Tuesdays


After years of contemplating, I decided to move my site and change its name. Not only the name, but its purpose. is now WATMONLINE.COM. When I launched in 2009, I had NO idea what I was getting into. All I wanted to do was post few stories and give my opinion, in hopes of getting a few readers and call it day. Back then, I was clueless to the work, time and energy it takes to keep up a blog, especially when you enjoy it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music. I might not know the day of the week, but I KNOW when Grammys are. Long story short, I took my obsession beyond friends and family and made it public to anyone with access to the Internet, and that’s how was born.

Since my first post about Barbara Streisand keeping Mariah Carey out the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, has grown beyond my expectations. Knowing that nearly a half million people have, at one time or another, visited the site blows my mind. In the grand scheme of things that’s a small fraction of world’s Internet population, but to me, that’s EVERYTHING!

As World According to Monte becomes WATM ONLINE, I’m confident in knowing that this is only the beginning. I’ve seen what a hard work and dedication can do and I refuse to give up until I reach my goals. Whenever I do decide to take on something, I want to be the best; regardless of how it takes to get there, I’m willing and will work my ass off to get to the next level.

There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of music-related websites, offering music and entertainment news, celebrity gossip, exclusive interviews, etc., but few are actually credible. And that’s what will set WATM ONLINE apart from the run-of-the-mill music blog.  I want to give the facts, then give my opinion, even if the facts and my opinion conflict. My hope is to highlight artists, known and unknown, with stories that will spark conversation and become your go-to for the latest about your favorites and the best you never heard.

If you’ve ever clicked on a link, left a comment, scrolled down the homepage, liked on Facebook, retweeted a Tweet, subscribed via email, or have been involved with in any way, I humbly thank you!

I’m excited about the new journey and look forward to all that lies ahead! Head over to WATMONLINE.COM and subscribe to receive posts via email, bookmark the site, and if you’d like, drop me a line at (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)

See you there!

— Montè

Artist Spotlight: SWV – ‘I Missed Us’

During the era of TLC and En Vogue, SWV rose to the top of the charts with the hits “I’m So Into You,” “Weak” and “Right Here.” 15 years after the release of their last album, the trio — comprised of Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George and Leanne “LeLee” Lyons — make their long-awaited return with I Missed Us.

Largely produced Cainon Lamb, co-producer of hits for Keyshia Cole (“Let It Go”),  Beyoncé (“Countdown”) and Monica (“Everything to Me”), I Missed Us is a fresh start for the ladies. The 13-track project doesn’t sound like an album by a group who’s already been to the top, but more like an album from a artists who are still hungry with new benchmarks.

Whether it’s the sample-heavy “All About You,” the Brianna Perry-assisted “Do Ya,” the booming bass on “Better Than I,” or the soaring vocals on the inspirational “Use Me,” SWV’s I Missed Us ranks as one of the year’s most solid R&B albums. Welcome back, ladies!

Watch the video for “Co-Signhere

Listen to “Do Ya” featuring Brianna Perry below.

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New Music: Usher – “Climax”


Usher teams with Diplo to provide the perfect soundtrack for Valentine’s Day. “It’s some next level electro-soul,” wrote the producer. “Seriously the best record I’ve been part of. Really proud of it.”   This song is bout that life and so much more. Listen to “Climax” below.

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Countdown: Top 100 Songs of 2011 (Part 2: 79-60)

As 2011 comes to a close, we look back on the year by counting down the top songs of the past 12 months.  The rules for the list are simple:

  • The song was released as a single
  • Charted or peaked in 2011
  • Songs released toward the end of 2010 are eligible
  • Rankings are based on MY iTunes plays, charting on Billboard, and  presence on World According to Monté.

Simple and easy to follow, right?  Cool. Let’s countdown the top songs of 2011!

Check out part one here

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Album Review: Rihanna – ‘Talk That Talk’

Rihanna’s transformation from dancehall princess to red-haired sex kitten is a testament to the power of marketing. Who would have thought the girl with a summer hit and a debut album you couldn’t give away for free would become one of the world’s biggest pop stars?

Artist Spotlight: Lil Mo Surprises on New Album

Ever listen to an album and have little to no expectations? If so, you know how I felt prior to listening to Lil Mo‘s new album, P.S. I Love Me, her first album in five years.

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On the Racks: Wale, Tyrese, Justin Bieber, & More

Happy November!

When you log on to your favorite digital music retailer or go to your local Wal-Mart, Target or Best Buy, here’s some of the new albums hitting the racks today.

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Album Review: Beyoncé – “4”

Since the release of her solo debut in 2003, Beyoncé has achieved multiplatinum sales, become a Golden Globe nominated actress, a fashion icon, won a record-setting six Grammys in one night, and is arguably the world’s biggest African-American recording artist. But with a list of accomplishments that reads like a wealthy child’s Christmas list, what else is left for Beyoncé to prove?

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